August 16, 2018, marked the 41stanniversary of death of Elvis Presley. Forty-one years since the King of Rock-n-Roll permanently “left the building,” and yet, year after year, fans continue to flock to Memphis, Tennessee to honor his legacy. They come from around the globe, year after year, not only for the weeklong celebration of “Elvis Week” that centers on the anniversary of his death, but they come to the River City all year round. They flock through the gates of Graceland, marvel at the jungle room, or they head across town to Sun Records and see where he recorded his very first album. But did you know that there is a hidden monument of sorts that pays tribute to Elvis within the walls of another Memphis landmark?
The Orpheum Theatre is a beautiful, historic theater in the heart of downtown Memphis that plays host to the national tours of Broadway shows as they come through town, along with many other special events. In the early ‘80s a tradition sprung up from artists who wanted to leave their mark as they passed through town. “The Orpheum's crew allowed stars to autograph the walls, which was eventually termed the ‘diva door,’" Kristin Bennett, Orpheum Theatre Group’s communications manager told Southern Living. As time passed the signatures became murals dedicated to each cast and those murals have recently all adopted a common theme. Most casts that pass through paint a mural depicting their show with a distinct nod to Elvis Presley, Memphis’s favorite son. And while these murals are backstage and not where the general public can see them, the Orpheum does regularly offer tours. You can find that information here. But just scroll down, we’ll give you a sneak peak!